Nettle Soup

Nettle Soup

Spring crops may be a few weeks off yet – but the weeds are ready to harvest.

This vibrant soup combines the new season’s nettles with last season’s potatoes and onions.

Ingredients (serves 2)

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25g (1oz) butter

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped

1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed

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150g (5½oz) potatoes, peeled and diced

600ml (1pt) vegetable stock

250g (9oz) young nettle leaves, with any tough stalks removed

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Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Lemon juice

Sour cream

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1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic, fry them gently for three minutes, then add the potato and cook for a further two minutes.

2. Add the stock and bring it to the boil. Cover the pan, reduce the heat, and let the soup simmer for 10 minutes, or until the potato is soft.

3. Add the nettles and let the soup simmer for another five minutes.

4. Let the soup cool to a safe temperature, then liquidise it. Return it to the pan, season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice, and reheat it to serving temperature.

5. Divide the soup between two bowls and add a spoonful of sour cream to each one.

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